Peter Dunn AO is an Associate at Beasley Intercultural specialising in crisis leadership advisory, capacity and capability development and complex change management. He also focuses on assisting in organisational and community capacity building after conflict or major natural disasters. Peter recently published a book ‘Preparing to lead in a crisis’ which summarised his insights on the critical role and capability of effective leaders in response to major bush fires, floods, tropical cyclones, oil spills and disease outbreaks over the past decade.
After completing a highly successful career of more than 35 years in the Australian Army, Peter reached the level of Major General. Peter has held numerous roles including responsibility for creation and leadership of a new statutory authority which brought together the emergency services in the ACT after the disastrous 2003 bushfires. He has lived and operated overseas in numerous cultural environments and has recently worked in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific. Peter was the Director of Learning for the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) (now DFAT) Australian Civilian Corps (ACC) Foundation Training Programme, where he directed the preparation of over 500 participants for overseas capacity development projects. Peter has led leadership learning programs for Beasley Intercultural for Federal Government departments, Universities and the Australian Water Partnership.
Peter has worked as a non-executive Director on numerous public and private sector Boards. His achievements were recognised by his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia in 1986 and again as an Officer of the Order in 1999.
Peter’s qualifications include a Master of Defence Studies, University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences), Deakin University, Diploma, US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.